Judge Takes Reins at Crystal
Former IBM executive replaces Kerfoot as CEO at Crystal Decisions.Customers and partners of information management software maker Crystal Decisions can expect its new CEO, Jon Judge, to steer the course more than rock the boat. Crystal, a unit of privately-held Seagate Technologies, this week named Judge its new president and chief executive replacing company founder Greg Kerfoot, who will chair Crystals board of directors. Judge previously spent 25 years working at IBM, most recently as manager of its Personal Computer Division. Crystal, of Palo Alto, Calif., is the maker of the popular Crystal Reports report-writing software.
"Crystal is a bit of a different animal than most of the companies out there [that I might have gone to work for]. The biggest difference is it is not a broken company. It had eight quarters of growth at levels three times its nearest competitor," Judge said. "If you are going in to fix a broken company you go in with a good game plan. The trick with Crystal is to make sure you embrace culture and success and help them keep on track."